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The Orc King (Transitions #1)

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Drizzt is back, and facing a world changed forever!

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can’t last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he’s worked to build. But it will
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Published October 7th 2008 by Wizards of the Coast (first published September 25th 2007)
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Sep 21, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An orc walks into the bar with a parrot on his shoulder and the bartender says "Wow, that's really neat. Where'd you get it?"

"In a cave." the parrot replies.

R.A. Salvatore’s 2007 novel The Orc King is a continuation of the ongoing Chaotic Good Drow Elf Drizzt saga.

(pronounced Drizzt)

I picked up The Orc King because it was supposed to begin a new trilogy, and I suppose it does, but the backstory was such a predominant aspect of this book that I felt somewhat lost and it took a while (and a couple
Greg Strandberg
I'm a little torn on this book, but in the end I'll give it 4-stars.

First of all, I did not like the opening, which is set about 100 years in the future. I will say that I liked it more when I read the closing.

The confusion started out as you see the name “Obould VI.” So you know time has passed, but there's no explanation way. I mean, we just saw Obould I (I guess that’s his #) in the last book! Not a good opener.

Then you go back to the present, but there are lots of loose ends not tied up fro
Mike (the Paladin)
I started playing Dungeons & Dragons back in 1978. Back then (and for some time) the best known D&D world was "The World of Greyhawk". In that world finding magic (a magic item such as a magic sword or a simple magic spell for example)was an unusual occurrence. To find even a minor magic item was a cause for celebration.

This book and the other Drizzt books take place in "The Forgotten Realms". Magic is....a bit more common in the realms. As a matter of fact I suspect that dairy farmers
Hmm. I guess I'm not feeling the Drizzt books like I used to (it was one of my first fantasy series I've read for an extended length of time). I didnt really care about anything from the Orc's point of view if it was not Obould b/c of the way the book begins.

At the beginning of the book, you see Drizzt 100 years in the future, which actually surprised me. I had forgotten a friend told me that later books are WAY later, after most of the characters are long dead I assume. Anyway, since it tells y
May 20, 2010 Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest Drizzt book I have come across. It is worthy of the saga. A good read that I consumed and felt a moment of sorrow when I turned the last page. It started a little slow but more than made up for it in grand style. =)
Jan 17, 2008 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Drizzt fan, as long as he keeps pumping out the books, I'll keep reading them. Pretty standard Salvatore, with a slight twist. The Prologue is set a hundred years or so in the future, with the "good" races living near an orc kingdom presided over by King Obould the 6th - letting us know immediately how the book is going to end. Interesting idea, not sure I like it since it takes away some of the mystery and removes and chance that Drizzt dies any time soon. Not that that's a huge surprise, ...more
This book is a perfectly fine example of mind candy. The story continues the whole saga created earlier by Salvatore. Unfortunately, like most Dungeons and Dragons type books you will be out in the cold if you haven't read the others. Because it's one of THOSE series. And it doesn't really go anywhere even though it threatens to. Sigh.

I am not sure whether these books should be read by someone who has played Dungeons and Dragons. The first issue is that it is really, really, faithful to the gam
The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore picks up a few months after the events from The Two Swords in the Hunter's Blades trilogy. Winter is waning and the stand-off between Mithril Hall and King Obould Many Arrows is about to come to a head...the main plot, to me, was split into a couple of different ones. There is the continued guessing of what is to happen between the two Kingdoms and then there is another dealing with some of King Obould's followers looking to create an alliance with another tribe of ...more
Allan Walsh
Mar 28, 2015 Allan Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Orc King is a classic fantasy novel about the search for peace amid the struggle for power.

The Bad Stuff: There are some over technical explanations within the fight scenes that detract from the story. Some long and clunky sentences.

The good stuff: The characters are well rounded and interesting. I also liked the magical weapons, the creatures and locations. The story is set in a well established world.

In my opinion, this is a great fantasy novel with Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, magic and magical
Brandy Camel
Another mediocre effort in the Drizz't saga. I'm afraid I'm not at the point where I'm enjoying these books, so much as I'm reading them out of a sense of closure.

Nothing in here is particularly original or even exciting, but if you need to set the stage for the Spell Plague, a lot of the (now older) lore leading up to this point for the Silver Marches region will be in here. That would be the only reason I'd recommend reading it. At least it was a good companion on the treadmill for a few week
Sep 24, 2015 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the series. I started on number 13, I really need to find number 1. I do spend a lot of time wishing they'd get back to Drizzt though. I love all the characters but he's the best
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been a few years since I read a Drizzt Do'Urden book, I was very excited to begin reading The Orc King. After all, R.A. Salvatore is my favorite fantasy writer. I was disappointed to see Wulfgar leave for Icewind Dale, but I am sure that he will be back. He has things that he needs to do in his homeland. And I was also downhearted to learn that because of Catti-brie's injury, she wasn't in this book very much either.

Most of the tale is broken up into two main stories; one about Bruenor a
Jan 25, 2015 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Orc King starts of the Transition trilogy from The Legend of Drizzt. It picks up where the previous trilogy left off with the battle between the orcs and the dwarves. Currently, everything is at a stalemate. Neither side is attacking, but they are incredibly wary. The orc king, Obould, has a desire to establish his kingdom and have it recognized, but no compromises have been made. Bruenor, however, is preoccupied with the tempting venture to what he believes is Gauntlgrym, a lost city of his ...more
Adrian Juan
Mar 04, 2014 Adrian Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After doing a marathon read on The legend of Drizzt, I stopped reading the series and started playing some games on the PS4 for a few weeks. When I saw the cover for the Orc King though, it started to pull me in little by little, day by day. Since my bookcase is right next to my computer, after a few more stares, I gave in and picked up the book. I was not disappointed. On the contrary, it made me purchase my missing books "The Ghost King" and "Gauntlgrym". After reading 16+ books in the same se ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore is the first book in the Transitions trilogy. The second book is The Pirate King followed by The Ghost King. Other works in the Forgotten Realms by R.A. Salvatore include: The Legend of Drizzt series, The Sellswords trilogy, The Hunter's Blades trilogy, and The Cleric Quintet.

The Orc King (TOK) picks up a few months after the events from The Two Swords in The Hunter's Blades trilogy. Winter is waning and the stand-off between Mithril Hall and King Obould Manyarrows
Forgotten Realms Queen
I am a loyal, undying fan to few authors. And despite the fact that I freely admit his series can be considered fluff, (quick and relatively easy to read) R.A. Salvatore is one of them. Mostly because of the fact that his Drizzt series introduced me to the world of the Forgotten Realms, Dungeons and Dragons and thusly into my current role playing game passion.

We are introduced to Drizzt Do'Urdern, an elf of a very dark, chaotic, malicious, and evil race called the Drow within Homeland. Set apart
Joe Moley
In fine Salvatore speak.... And oh how this book sucked! I don't there is another author in existence that uses the exclamation point 1347 times on one page of text better than this guy.

I'll always have a soft spot for Drizzt and crew having grown up a fan of the original Crystal Shard trilogy. However, these guys should be retired. The story is cookie cutter crap with nothing different from any of the earlier texts. ***Spoiler Alert***Oh wait, they're too powerful to fight orcs, so let's have
Feb 27, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes &
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
The war with the orcs continues. Obould’s throne is threatened by Grguch, the chieftain of Clan Karuck. The Karuck clan has inter-bred with ogres to make bigger, stronger, and superior warriors. The orcs are divided by those who want to continue fighting until they have claimed Mithral Hall, thus serving the desires of Gruumsh One-eye, and those who seek not just peace between the races, but a recognized kingdom of their own to rule, the Kingdom of Many-Arrows. But, Grguch is not the only one in ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Early on in my Forgotten Realms novel reading career, I was a big fan of Drizzt. Like so many others, he was my gateway into the Forgotten Realms, via the Dark Elf trilogy. Since my debut into the Forgotten Realms, and my increasing familiarity with the setting as a whole, my enthusiasm for Drizzt has lessened and lessened. I still pick up the Drizzt novels, however, and I waited until The Orc King was in paperback before picking it up.

I normally think that buying hardcover books- barring certai
Jennifer Boyce
Nov 02, 2015 Jennifer Boyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Surprisingly better than I thought it would be. If you're picking this up as the first in the series then plan on being a little confused about which character is which at first- although by the end of the book you will have no problem keeping track.

Normally I don't like stories that are this much fantasy and unbelievable, but the writing in this book was so polished that I couldn't help but enjoy it. I just might have to start at the beginning of the series and work my way back to this book.
May 04, 2014 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Drizzt series
Salvatore picks up this orc-infested tale where The Two Swords left off. It's a slow starter, but the orc-scheming and the new, interesting villain will keep you interested; however, I doubt this book would work well as a standalone - knowledge of the previous books is necessary to best be able to appreciate this.

It's been about 8 years since I've read The Two Swords; therefore, I had a hard time remembering all of the events that previously took place, which made enjoying this book a bit frust
Jun 09, 2014 Camem1996 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a continuation of the Hunters Blade trilogy. If you didn't read that, I suggest you do, otherwise you will miss a great part of the story. This book continues the war between the Orcs and the Dwarves. King Obould leads the Orcs, and King Bruenarr is the Dwarf king. The main character, Drizzt, is still in the belief that King Bruenarr is dead along with his love Cattie Brie and his friends. In this novel, King Obould starts to wish for peace for the Dwarves and his kind, but as soon ...more
Sep 16, 2008 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this book. It didn't capture my attention at all and, once I managed to sit down and read it, it seemed to drag.
I liked Drizzt when he was still fresh, but it seems like his story is over. When a character is, in essence, flawless, it's time to put him out to pasture.
May 02, 2015 Erik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Salvatore's Drizzt books all suffer from the same problems: flat characters, black and white morality, 10 pages of overly descriptive fighting for every 5 pages of plot. The stories themselves are decent, and if you like the characters, you probably will enjoy each book.
Emily Drake
My husband wanted to start a mini book club for the just the two of us, and he picked this. I haven't read the previous Legend of Drizzt or any book by R. A. Salvatore before, but despite my lack of knowledge of the series, I still enjoyed the book overall. In fact, I ended up liking the book more than my husband did. It was hard to get used to the writing style, and the pace was slow in the beginning, which is why it took me six months to read the book. I had to keep motivating myself to read i ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-written Drizzt tale, with a good balance of action, suspense, and character development. The orc army is encamped outside Mithril Hall and the dwarves are attempting to maintain the uneasy peace between the two groups. At the same time, various orc factions are vying for power, while other series characters are on quests of their own.

An interesting tale, even of the various political subplots seem too contrived. Although the dwarves and orcs are both looking for a peace of some sort, Salv
Grant Smith
Aug 14, 2014 Grant Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of R.A. Salvatore and the Drizzt Do'urden series, you won't be disappointed by this book.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
Una paz inquietante se ha instaurado entre los enanos de Mithril Hall y los orcos del recientemente creado Reino de Muchas Flechas. Las tribus de orcos unidas bajo el rey Obould, acostumbradas a una situación de conflicto permanente, empiezan a enfrentarse unas con otras. Los enanos reunidos en torno a Bruenor están decididos a poner fin a la guerra que a punto estuvo de destruirlos. Será necesario algo más que espadas y hachas para imponer una paz perdurable en la Columna del Mundo. Puede que ...more
This was marketed as the first in a series.
Ha! Goodreads reveals it as #17 in a larger series and i could feel all 17 of the previous books weighing me down as the mountain of exposition descended. The writing was good, but I never made it to the real story. The prologue described a battle with such lengthy play by play detail I felt like I was in police academy learning how to defend myself. It was mind-numbing. I'm sure some fantasy nerds are into the microscopic inner workings of a duel and
Jun 09, 2015 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had received a lot of negative feedback in regards to the Transitions trilogy, and after having competed the first book in a brat regard time for myself, I do not agree with the negativity.

This was a fantastic story from start to finish. Every character had their own battles to overcome and paths to choose. No one character seemed singled out,which I find typical with the series.

My only issue was the prequel was misleading, though you come to understand why toward the conclusion of the story.
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